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NY Mills School Board approves spending cuts

Reductions of $62,500 in school spending were approved at Monday night's New York Mills School Board meeting.

At an earlier workshop, the school board considered many recommendations for cost reductions. The board approved the following list of cuts:

-Reduce maintenance supplies by $9,000.

-Reduce elementary/high school supplies by $11,000.

-Fund elementary field trips through activity fund, saving $2,000.

-Eliminate the school greenhouse, saving $2,500.

-Sell the school's used suburban for $4,000.

-Defer school bus lease, saving $20,000.

-Cancel ESG agreement, saving $5,000.

-Eliminate coaching clinics, saving $5,000.

-Reduce summer cleaning hours, saving $4,000.

In other business, Mr. Radniecki expressed his concern about growing class sizes to the school board. He said that both as a teacher and a parent, he feels like the unwritten rule to keep classrooms at a size of 18 students to one teacher is vital for both teachers and students to grow in the classroom.

He also said that he believed that the referendum that was recently passed was voted in with the understanding that classroom sizes would remain small.

Also present were Jason Boe and four high school students who presented on their recent Close Up Trip to Washington, D.C. and New York City. The group met with legislators, went sightseeing and learned the power of debate.

In other news, business teacher Liza Klettke's request for an extended leave of absence was denied by the board in the best interest of the students.

The board approved the non-renewal of probationary English teacher Kerri Speer's contract for the 2011-2012 school year, because the board said that she did not meet the expectations of the school.

The next regularly scheduled school board meeting will be held on Monday, May 23 at 6 p.m.